It will make for an incredible book one day lol!
I’m not honestly sure tbh. I think what the issue was with these were that no one bought them unless they were severely discounted (ie: we had open box for $18 or something like that and we ended up losing a ton of money on them), but then people caught on at how awesome the bulbs really are so they started purchasing them at normal prices.
We initially told the manufacturer that we weren’t going to sell these anymore bc of the large loss we took on them, but once things turned around (and we also got some very large B2B customers interested in them) we decided to bring them back. The 500 Series chipset is at a 28-32 week lead time so it’s still a ways out and why they’re taking so long to get back in stock, whereas our switches also have this same lead time, but we place orders regularly for them.
This honestly sums up perfectly what happened. We went from 12 to 16 to 28 to 52 week to, “we honestly can’t say when things will be available” lead times in what seemed like a months time. It really seems to be boiling down to certain parts and the good news is we are getting visibility into what those parts are so we can potentially swap them out.
Lol we get this a lot. There’s actually 4x full time people (Eric’s x2, Courtney and Brianna) and 2x part time (Nate, Donovan). We want to hire more but the money needed for overhead is having to be spent on inventory
Good news is the team has really embraced the, “startup” culture and see the light at the end of the tunnel. When funding hits the bank and logistics level out, I do plan on having some sort of company retreat… Even if it’s just stay-cations for everyone for a few days haha!
Thanks that actually means a lot. More than you know. With the limited staff and putting in 50-60+ hrs (some 80+), sometimes things slip through the cracks and we always hear about the negative impacts, but rarely get recognized for the positive impacts, so thank you. I will pass this on to the team (however, we all read the forums so I’m sure they saw it!)